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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • Alumni Spotlight - Angelica Mendoza, '04

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:22:02 PM
    angelicaAngelica Mendoza is a 2004 Seattle University graduate, a public servant in the Seattle City Attorney’s office and a 2004 Reunion Committee Member. In anticipation of Reunion Weekend, we asked Angelica to share some of her memories at Seattle University.
     
    When looking for universities Angelica sought a smaller university that was close to home and rooted in faith. Upon seeing the Seattle University campus, it quickly became her first choice school.
     
    “Although those who knew me thought I would pursue social work, I majored in International Business with a minor in Spanish language,” Angelica said.
     
    “Seattle University was tremendous in developing a strong foundation on which I was able to build my professional career. I graduated feeling empowered to promote justice and humanity in whatever field I chose. That sense of leadership remains with me today as I continue my career in public service.”
     
    A strong believer in the mission and values of Seattle University, Angelica was actively involved in campus ministry programming and retreats.  
     
    “I would say that the majority of my favorite memories grew from either Campus Ministry sponsored retreats or studying abroad with Spanish classmates.”
     
    Though no longer a student, Angelica has stayed active with Seattle University through faith-based opportunities, including Mexico mission treks and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission programming.
     
     Angelica’s most recent role at her alma mater is helping to plan the 2004 class reunion for the launch of Seattle University Reunions Weekend, May 9-11.
     
    “I am most excited to reengage with the community; both connect with old friends and find new opportunities to live the Seattle University mission in my adult life.”
     
    Reunions Weekend will celebrate the classes of 1964 and 2004 as well as Sullivan Scholars. Learn more about reunion weekend online.
     
    Are you celebrating a reunion this year? What are you most excited about?

    Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:18:41 PM

    SU sustainable

     

     From the moment that Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan was put into place in 2010, we knew that our goals were ambitious. We also knew that unlike many goals, sustainability would never have a final moment of victory – no single day when we could say, “We did it” and walk away.

    We are pleased to present our first Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights much of the good work that our staff, faculty and students have done over the past four years, and it gives us a strong direction for shaping our future sustainability efforts.

    These efforts in sustainability are a foundation to build upon to achieve our ambitious goals. But our celebration is tempered by the urgency to do more, to do it faster and to inspire others to follow suit. Many milestones are yet to be reached in our quest to meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

    Quadstock Turns 25

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:14:30 PM

    Quadstock

     If you’ve graduated from Seattle University in the past twenty-five years, chances are you’ve attended Quadstock. The iconic music festival turns 25 this spring and the founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, are coming back to celebrate. We talked to John and Chris to learn more about the start of this high profile event.  
     
    An iconic part of the Seattle U student experience, Quadstock has played host to such musicians as The Posies, The Thermals, Dan Deacon, Macklemore, Del the Funky Homosapien, Talib Kweli, Ok GO, Blue Scholars and more. But how did the festival get its start?
     
    The origins of Quadstock date back to the creation of the Quad itself. The very first stage was actually the stone steps surrounding the fountain. Quadstock founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, planned the first Quadstock in order to celebrate the unveiling of the Seattle U Quadrangle in 1989.
     
    “We wanted a celebration geared toward the students that lasted all weekend long,” the founders shared. “We had student clubs provide activities from Friday night to Sunday Mass. Students could collect pledges for how many hours they thought they could keep going without sleep and at the end we would donate the money to St. Francis Soup Kitchen.”
     
    The first bands to grace the Quadstock stage that year were The Britains, The Look, The Bitter End (the first student Battle of the Bands winner), Swampzombies and The Trenchcoats.
    For its second year, Quadstock was condensed into one day of festivities and music. Keeping with the charitable aspect of the first event, attendees who brought canned food received a discount on their concert tickets.  Drawing larger headliners for the second year, the lineup included The Posies, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Dharma Bums.

     The Posies
    (The Posies playing Quadstock. Photo provided by John Boyle.)
     
    One campus rumor claims that Nirvana made a debut on SU’s stage, but John and Chris set the record straight, saying that they tried to book the band, but due to the band’s recording schedule, it didn’t work out. John did share the fun fact that Nirvana’s booking fee was only $1,000 at the time, compared to The Posies who ended up costing $2,000.
     
    Quadstock became an instant success, evolving into the annual musical festival we know it as today and one of the most anticipated events on the spring season.

    “It’s a testament to the student life at Seattle University that someone took this event and rolled with it,” co-founder John Boyle said.
     
    This year Quadstock turns 25. The founders of Quadstock and SEAC invite alumni back on Saturday, May 17 to help celebrate. The Main stage line-up includes Best Coast, Sea Wolf, Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps and COHO.  Not only are alumni invited back to attend the musical festival, but there will be a special alumni campus tour and get together at the Chieftain Irish Pub before the festivities begin.
     
    If Quadstock was a memorable part of your student experience we hope you’ll join us on May 17th. Tickets are extremely limited – buy yours today.

    Have some favorite Quadstock memories? Share them in the comments below or send your pictures to us!

    Join Contemplative Leaders in Action

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 04:00:49 PM

    CLa Blog

     Since September 2013, 32 young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39 have been meeting monthly to explore Ignatian leadership through Contemplative Leaders in Action - a two-year Magis program for emerging leaders. Representing diverse professions, faiths, and backgrounds, cohort members over the course of two years reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world as both professionals and people of faith.

    Current CLA2 participants Kara Casey Adams and Angeline Thomas are SU alums and active leaders in higher education and legal justice respectively.  Kara, who is the Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning and Research at University of Washington Bothell said, “I am attracted to the Contemplative Leaders in Action program for a community of professionals who will reflect upon the nexus of Jesuit values and their professional roles.”

    Participants share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth.  This combination excited Angeline, who is the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project Staff Attorney at Seattle University’s School of Law.  “I am excited about the cohort model and CLA’s focus on both secular and religious leadership building” she shared.

    Checking in with Angeline and Kara 8 months into the curriculum, they have noticed the impact already. “One of CLA’s main strengths seems to be its capacity to foster reflection, deep thinking, and personal development.” Session themes like Emotional Intelligence, Communal Discernment, and Leading in a Diverse, Multicultural World generate rich conversation but also questions, which Kara and Angeline, paired as Companions, meet outside the monthly gatherings to further dissect. In the second year of the program, sessions like The Intimate Connection between Faith & Justice and Group Dynamics & Team Building will help guide participants through the Social Justice Projects all while deepening relationships with one another.

    To read Angeline and Kara’s reflections on how CLA has enriched their personal and professional lives, check the Magis eNewsletter or the Alumni Living the Mission page  next Wednesday! If you happen to be an alum between the ages 25-39, consider applying for Contemplative Leaders in Action, which begins in September.  Applications are due May 30!

    Your Voice – Alumni Board of Governors’ Nominations

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/30/2014 03:58:15 PM
    Wondering how your ideas and voice can be heard by SU?  Thinking about how to expand your network and connections to the mission of the University?  We’d love to have your voice heard through your participation and leadership.

    Your Alumni Relations Office relies on the support and leadership of a Board to better understand and connect with our alumni community.   We have openings for the  Board starting in August 2014 and would love to hear from you.   This current Board and its President led the effort to gain the SU license plate to support scholarships.  With many milestones and plans upcoming for the University, we are seeking nominations and applications to add to the group.  As  a member, you attend five board meetings, support the University in ways that suit you, and participate in Alumni Relations Office initiatives to improve the alumni experience and connection.

    In an effort to round out the board, we are particularly interested in recruiting alumni from Science and Engineering, SMT, Nursing and Education schools and/or classes from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. All are welcome to apply.  We will be giving preference to applicants that broaden the representation.  If you are interested in getting more involved or staying in touch with SU, you can nominate yourself or another interested candidate by sending an email to katy.greve@gmail.com.   If you have any questions, feel free to call Katy Greve, SU ABOG President-Elect at (425) 922-5462.

    Applications should be submitted by email to Katy Greve by June 30th for consideration.  The membership committee will make the selections and notify new board members by August 1st.  

    Spring Job and Internship Fair

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 01:15:03 AM

    On Tuesday, April 29th between 12-3:00 pm, Seattle U will welcome over 65 employers from corporate, government and nonprofit organizations to Campion Ballroom for the annual Spring Job and Internship Fair.

    Employers are looking to hire outstanding alumni candidates. This is a great opportunity to network with recruiters from the organizations where you want to work. A number of our recruiters are Seattle U alumni who are excited to connect with alumni job seekers. 

    Expeditors, C.H. Robinson, Peace Corps, Fred Hutchinson, Enterprise and more will have representatives present. 

    A complete list of employers is available on the Redhawk Network.

    Contact Career Services at (206) 296-6080 or careerservices@seattleu.edu if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.

    Leading from the Heart: Pope Francis and Ignatian Leadership

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/3/2014 12:51:41 AM
     Pope Francis
     
     Never before have we seen the kind of world-wide attention and popularity that Pope Francis has drawn in his first year of the papacy. In fact, he ranked #1 on Facebook as most talked about in 2013. From washing the feet of youth in detention during Holy Thursday mass (including two Muslims and two women), to his famous “Who am I to judge?” statement on the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, Pope Francis is showing the world the values of being a true Ignatian Leader.

    As graduates of Jesuit education, we look to Ignatian Leaders such as Pope Francis to set the example for being men and women for others as we lead and live in contemporary life. Simply put, what makes his example of leadership so special is that he leads from the heart. 

    So, what exactly do we mean by “Ignatian Leader”?

    The Jesuits offer an approach to leadership, often called Ignatian or Ignatian-InspiredLeadership, which flows against the tide of most contemporary and dominant leadership models. Some might say that it is quite counter-cultural here in the United States. This approach to leadership is grounded in what author Christopher Lowney calls the four pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, and lifts up leadership in a very different light. It proposes that:

    “We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
    “Leadership springs from within. It’s about who [we are] as much as what [we] do.”
    “Leadership is not an act. It is [our] life, a way of living.” 
    “[We] never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

    Therefore, an Ignatian-Inspired Leader (regardless of religious affiliation) understands and appreciates the rich gifts of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises,and strives to grow in self-knowledge, cultivate a healthy indifference that allows him/her to adapt confidently, honestly loves those he/she serves and leads, and humbly strives and works with others to shape an inspiring future. 

    We are excited to see how Pope Francis will lead in the years to come!

    Magis, in partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, encourages you to learn more about Ignatian Leadership on May 8th as part of the SU Advantage Networking series. Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. will be joined by a diverse panel of alumni from varying professions to share insights about their lived experience of leadership, including an opportunity for structured networking. Click here to learn more and register. 


    Also, if you happen to be a young alum in your twenties or thirties, consider applying for Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action, a two year alumni leadership development program which blends spiritual formation and secular leadership training. Applications will be available starting April 15th, so be sure to mark your calendar!
     

    Why Serve?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:50:59 PM
     Day of Service 2
     
     This April 26th marks the third annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, during which alumni from both Seattle U and other Jesuit universities come together to serve our local community. Beyond the value of serving others, day of service participants build community. You will see that you are part of a large community of Jesuit-educated alumni, build community with those you serve and re-connect with your university. 
     
    Past participant Erika Sanchez,’11, said, “My favorite thing about day of service is getting to give back to the community with my alma mater that gave so much to me. It was great to relive and reinforce the values that SU is all about, and to also network and learn from not only fellow SU alums, but those from other universities.” 
     
    There are a variety of service projects to meet the interests of all alumni, including beautifying public spaces, helping the elderly with chores, serving food and more.
     
    “In the project my team and I participated in, we provided a safer and cleaner environment for kids to enjoy their day,” Erika said. “In doing so, I felt more connected to the mission and values of Seattle U-to give back to the community, live your life beyond yourself and do what you can for the greater good of the community around you. I would definitely recommend this day of service to alumni to not only be immersed in your values, but also to step out of the ordinary and give back to others in a small yet extraordinary way."
    Other participants have said that:
     
    “It's a valuable and pleasurable service experience. It was an easy way to accomplish something I value, but have limited time to organize on my own, and it was a rare chance to garden. It was also a great way to maximize my time/weekend.”
     
    “I chose to participate to stay connected with my university, to help my husband learn more about what SU has meant to me, to live out service, to do it with friends and to introduce my goddaughter to the meaning and benefits of service!”
     
    “As a part of my Jesuit education, they branded us with 'be the difference' and I think that making a difference through community service helps fulfill that mission.” 
     
    Did you serve? What was meaningful to you about the experience?
     
    Join us on April 26 and “be the difference.” 
     

    Leading with Humility

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/2/2014 11:34:11 PM
     
     
    Leading With Humility Seattle University prides itself on educating leaders for a just and humane world. How does their Jesuit education impact their leadership style? 

     
    Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite you to take a deeper look at Ignatian leadership at our May 8th SU Advantage | Networking Night featuring an alumni panel led by Fr. Steven Sundborg, Seattle University president.  The panel will discuss Ignatian-inspired, those who serve and lead, and humbly strive to works with others to shape an inspiring future.

     
    Panelist and Seattle U alumnus, Rob Nielsen,'06, started challenging the idea of authoritative leadership while still a student at Seattle University. During a class discussion on charismatic leaders with Albers School of Business and Economics professor, Jennifer Marrone, Nielsen pointed out that the great leaders they were studying were not only charismatic, but humble as well. 

     

    Nielsen’s observation intrigued Professor Marrone, leading to the development of a joint research paper and eventually the book “Leading with Humility,” co-written by Marrone, Nielsen and Albers professor, Holly Ferraro. 
     
    “There are three key components to leading with humility” Nielsen explains, “Understanding of self, relating to others and perspective.”
     
    According to their book, “Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weaknesses and motives in making decisions, demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.”
     
    Nielsen cites Costco’s Jim Sinegal as an example of a Seattle U alumnus who exudes these leadership qualities. “I heard him speak at a Seattle University event and he talked about understanding his own strengths and weaknesses and he possessed a strong sense of self in relationship to how he worked with others around him.” 
     
    Seattle University instills these leadership qualities in their graduates, as well as an awareness of the world around them and the impact that they can have has leaders. Nielsen says his biggest take away from Seattle U was the desire to be a quality leader in the community. Upon his graduation from Seattle University, Nielsen served the board of the University District Food Bank, before going on to serve as board president of the Crisis Clinic
     
    As a graduate of Seattle University do you consider yourself as a humble leader? What do you think are the characteristics of an effective leader?
     
    Join us on May 8th to discover more about what it means to lead with humility and how Ignatian values can inspire  great leadership. 
     
    SU Advantage | Networking Event
    Ignatian-Inspired Leadership
    May 8, 2014